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Children at the Donnelly River dam



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Bunnings built a swimming pool alongside the Wheatley Forestry Settlement in the early 1950s which also acted as a reserve water supply.

At a later stage, a water supply dam and pumping station were built to the south of the swimming pool. River sand was imported to create an artificial beach and a picnic area established. At some stage, a small timber jetty was built to the eastern side of the dam and a steel frame diving platform constructed in the middle of the dam. The dam quickly became a favourite and social meeting place where children frolicked at leisure, learnt to swim and participated in swimming carnivals.

This photo was taken during the 1960's.



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Depicts one of the social aspects of the Donnelly village life in that the dam played an important part socially as well as providing the town water supply.

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Donnelly River, Shire of Nannup
Western Australia
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Authorisation to reproduce, public or display must be obtained from the Friends Of Donnelly Village Inc.

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Acknowledgements to be made to Friends of Donnelly Village Inc.

Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

Friends of Donnelly Village Inc (FODV)

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Children at the Donnelly River dam c1960's.
Children on the diving board enjoying the Donnelly River dam during the 1960's